Library Waits to Install Net Filters

John Fleming writes...
\"Library patrons won\'t have their Internet use filtered anytime soon, but the U.S. Supreme Court might have a say in that policy. The Leon County Commission on Tuesday unanimously decided not to automatically filter the pages that library users try to access, choosing to trust users not to view inappropriate material in a public setting.
The commission decided to wait and see what the U.S. Supreme Court says about a 1998 federal law called the Child Online Protection Act, which would make it illegal to make obscene materials available to people under 17. A challenge of the law is set to go before the high court later this year.\" [more...] from The Tallahassee Democrat.

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More on Minneapolis Public Library

Bob Cox sent along This Story from Citypages.com on the big mess at the Minneapolis Public Library. This is a lengthy article with interviews from both sides. They ran a story on this back in May too.

\"When I signed up to work at the library, I didn\'t sign up to work in a porn-shop-type atmosphere,\" explains Will, who\'s 46. \"The line was crossed. And I wasn\'t going to take it anymore.\"

3M Donates $15,000 in Awards to U.S. Libraries

Received this press release via e-mail from Fred Lambert...
\"American University Library will receive $5,000 for its winning entry in the fifth-annual Check-It-Out-Yourself Day. It is one of eight U.S. libraries that has been selected to receive a total of $15,000 from 3M Library Systems.\" Check It Out Yourself Here.

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One in five kids solicited online

CNN.com has a brief video and this Reuters report on a study in this week\'s JAMA which found that around one-fifth of kids who use the Web have been solicited for sex. "Neither parental oversight of their children\'s online activities nor filtering or blocking technology had much impact on whether children were solicited, the study found."

The JAMA article is not available for free on the Web, but this abstract is. Also see this press release on the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children\'s site.

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N2H2 PR Machine in High Gear

I\'ll hand it to N2H2, they have a heck of a good PR department.

This Press Release from them is quite a nice piece of work. They say \"... organizations that fail to prevent access to
Internet pornography in the workplace could be faced with some very expensive
legal liability costs as just discovered by a Minnesota library system.\"


\"Organizations need to be aware that failure to control access to Internet
pornography can be very, very expensive, as well as highly embarrassing,\" said
Philip Welt, President and CEO of N2H2. \"When you look at the potential of
spending a million dollars in litigation fees vs. investing in a relatively
low-cost filtering service, it becomes a rather simple decision. Equipping
Internet workstations with filtering software should prevent unfortunate
situations like the one that occurred in Minneapolis.\"

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What\'s New On The Net

eCompany has a Story that says the Internet got boring real fast, and the future will use XML and distributed computing to make the internet into one big computer.


News.com has This Report on THis Survey that says billions of people around the world are not surfing the Web because of a lack of interest, need, money and equipment.

Wired is Reporting proposed Australian state laws expanding police powers to prosecute Internet content providers for obscenity will be subject to wider public consultation, the result of public opposition to the regulations.

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Effort to Collect Data on Book Sales Is a Step Closer

Bookscan, a unit of VNU of the Netherlands that tracks the music industry\'s retail sales, has finally turned a corner in it\'s 4 year effort to build a better best sellers list. They are trying to build a list that is based on sales information collected at the cash registers of bookstores nationwide. They have reached an agreement to pay the Borders Group for sales data from its Borders and Waldenbooks stores, they already had Barnes & Noble, Costco Wholesale, and Target.
Bookscan will most likely challenge established best-seller lists which are basically bought and manipulated. Now we should actually know what books are the true Best Sellers!
Full Story from The NYTimes

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Farming out the British Library

Lee Hadden writes: \"The British Library, facing storage and financial problems, is planing to farm out responsibility for special collections to other libraries. They will no longer hold and keep everything that they receive. Read more about it at the Times UK.\"

From the story:

\" The repository for the nation\'s books intends to concentrate on specific areas and to leave the rest to universities and institutions that already specialise in a subject. A document and consultation survey published yesterday, called New Strategic Directions, heralds \"a major reshaping of Britain\'s library services\".

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Librarians against globalisation...

Al writes \"Details how a suspected ringleader of the Gothenburg protests is a London based Librarian.Not the usual professional image! \"
\"Full Story from The Times UK.


The guy was described as \"working in a library\" near Euston station, and successfully defended himself at his trial in December last year and was acquitted. He was suspected of leading the violent protests at the European Summit in Gothenburg.

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Roman Emperors-Classic Resource

Bill Lucey writes \" As reported by The Providence Journal, Michael DiMaio\'s online encyclopedia of Roman Emperors that extends from Augustus (27 BC-AD 14) to Constantine XI Palaeologus (1449-1453) has been named one of the 15 best on-line reference sites by the Library Journal.

One of the main selling points of DiMaio\'s site, in addition to the rich subject content, is how it caters to such a diverse audience through the use of clear concise summaries of notable figures and key events for the casual observer while at the same time providing longer articles and detailed footnotes for scholars.

Some features of DiMaio\'s site which can be found at (roman-emperors.org) include:

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Highly Topical Search Engines

Bill Austin writes \"I run the Top Quotations Related Sites List. This is a good resource for researching famous quotes and sayings and includes some of the most often visited Quotes sites on the Internet.

The list is at topsitelists.com/bestsites/wbaustin

At the top of the List is a Search Engine for Quotation related sites which will search over 11,000 pages of these sites.

San Francisco Marriott Protest Tuesday, June 19, 4:30pm - 7:30pm

WHAT: ALA Awards Reception/Inaugural Banquet


WHERE: San Francisco Marriott, 4th Street, (between Market and Mission Streets)


WHEN: Tuesday, June 19, 4:30pm - 7:30pm


Andrea Grimes
writes: \"Please join President-Elect Mitch Freedman and library luminaries
for a very special action, at the San Francisco Marriott. This
protest, organized by librarians with the support of Local 2,
is in support of the hotel workers. We stand by Local 2 hotel
workers until they win a contract that guarantees fair working
conditions, family friendly benefits, and a real voice on the
job!

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State Senate Passes Bill to Return Library Funds

David Beck writes...
\"Local library professionals are rejoicing at the unanimous passage this week by the California Senate of a bill to restore property tax money their agencies lost during the budget crunches of the early 1990s.\" [more...] from The Mercury News.

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Alibris Joins Partners to Offer Better Service, More Selection of Rare Books

Rare and hard-to-find book supplier Alibris has joined forces with Baker & Taylor, R.R. Bowker and Coutts Library Services to provide better access to libraries, consumers and other organizations. [more...] from The Daily Review.

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Library Turns to Patrons for Subscriptions

It\'s a familiar story across the board. Libraries are forced to downsize their collections, due to budgetary cuts. With the looming prospect of having to cancel more than half of his library\'s periodicals subscriptions, one library director is calling upon patrons for help. [more...] from The L.A. Times.

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Canada gets failing grade for school libraries

The Globe & Mail has another Sad Story on the sorry state of school libraries in Canada.
They say the rush onto the Internet seems to be harming school libraries, with everyone thinking schools don\'t need to build libraries and don\'t need to have a budget for book acquisition.

\"The state of our nation\'s libraries can only be described as a desperate one in almost every province in Canada,\" Mr. Carrier writes in a draft of a statement to be published this fall. \"In my regular visits to library communities across the country, there is consistent heartbreak.\"

Napster CEO talks @ ALA

News.com has a Short Story on Napster Chief Executive Hank Barry speaking at the ALA.

They give a little mention to Docster, but the story is very limited on any details of the panel discussion or anything else.
Anyone have a better link to what went on there?
I\'d love to hear more about what was said.

New Library is Born Digital

Katie Dean writes...

\"The National Science Foundation is funding the construction of a National Science Digital Library, where users will be able to browse quality resources from libraries around the country.\" [more...] from Wired News.

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The rape of Narnia?

I got this off the Library Underground mailing list ...

According to an article by Andrew Greeley, HarperCollins plans to "purge the Christian content" from C.S. Lewis\' The Chronicles of Narnia in an effort to make the series more palatable to "secularists."

The situation\'s not as bad as Greeley makes it out to be. As the New York Times article cited by Greeley indicates, the original Chronicles aren\'t being censored of their religious content. Rather, it\'s a marketing campaign for the re-issued books, as well as spinoff merchandise (including new books by unidentified authors), which will be void of Christian themes.

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Senate Approves Student Privacy Bill

Brian Krebs writes...
\"The Senate on Thursday approved legislation that would require schools to get parental consent before collecting personal information from students for commercial use. The Student Privacy Protection Act requires schools to give parents notification of potential data collection within schools by corporations or other groups, and calls for disclosure of how the information will be used, to whom it will be given and how much class time any information gathering would take. Schools also would be required to notify parents of changes to their policies. [more...] from NewsBytes.

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